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June 23, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Coroner halts burial, calls for autopsy

Source: Antigua Observer A coroner has issued a temporary order halting the burial of Lancelot Riley Sr who reportedly died days after an alleged accident at his New Winthorpes home earlier this month. The order was issued by Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, a police source said, pending the outcome of an inquest and…

Former top cop warns about police impersonators

Source: Antigua Observer Former Police Commissioner Rawlston Pompey has advised law enforcement agencies to immediately develop strategies and ‘hunt down’ civilians who are impersonating officers in order to commit crime. He warned that failure to nip the worrisome development in the bud could result in the erosion of the public’s trust in those…

HMP to be fully equipped with running water

Source: Antigua Observer The Superintendent of Prisons, Albert Wade has lauded the efforts currently under way to make running water available in all areas of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) by early next month. At the same time, he is also anticipating that stalled construction work at the institution will resume shortly. While noting…

Fire victims appeal for help

Source: Antigua Observer The family of four whose home was destroyed during a fire at Cook’s New Extension on Tuesday afternoon, has made an impassioned plea for assistance from the public to obtain items to meet their basic needs. Delroy Craig, who occupied the home with his wife and their two children, said…

Afghanistan seal Test status following Windies success

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – Just two weeks after shocking West Indies for their first win over a major Test-playing side, minnows Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council. They, along with Ireland, were adopted as Full Members following a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting…

Tennis association commends Davis Cup team

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda’s team to this year’s Davis Cup tennis competition has come in for high praise from the president of the national association, Cordell Williams. The team recently returned from Uruguay where they had an uneventful tournament, winning just two sets in Group 5 of the competition. But according…

Relay Team Pursues Improved Qualifying Time

Source: Antigua Observer The country’s 4×1 relay team will seek to meet the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Champions when they compete at the Trinidad & Tobago National Championships this weekend. The five-member team of Daniel “Bakka” Bailey, Cejhae Greene, Chevaughn Walsh, Jared Jarvis and Tahir Walsh left for Trinidad on Thursday…

Online Toolkit to Boost fight against Climate Change

Source: Antigua Chronicle Plans are in the pipeline to boost Antigua and Barbuda’s fight against Climate Change with the recent announcement of an ‘Online Law on Climate Change Tool Kit.’ The program was disclosed by Matthew Moorhead, a legal advisor for the Commonwealth Secretariat, who was on the island for a three-day forum…

Sir Robin’s granddaughter shot dead

Source: Antigua Observer Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation, Sir Robin Yearwood has been thrown into mourning after his 23-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in St Croix. Shauntol Yearwood was shot at least four times about the body as she sat in a car Tuesday with an unidentified person who escaped…

Two hospitalized following stabbing in Wilikies

Source: Antigua Observer Two young men are currently being treated at the Mount St John’s Medical Center after they stabbed each other in Wilikies yesterday. Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Frankie Thomas identified the men as Kimmoy Tonge and Irvin Looby. Thomas told our newsroom that both men were fighting on the Wilikies…

Three-day strike causes LIAT to lose millions

Source: Antigua Observer LIAT 1974 Limited has quantified the direct losses and the value in lost business which it incurred after three days of strike action by its pilots as being in the region of EC $7 million. The figure was quoted by the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julie Reifer-Jones who spoke…

Police drop several charges against Senator Adrian Lee

Source: Antigua Observer The police have dropped four of the seven charges they filed against Barbudan member of the Upper House of parliament, Senator Adrian Lee, after he had a “sit down” with the police prosecution in Barbuda yesterday. A source on the sister isle said Lee, of the ruling Antigua Barbuda Labour…

Twin gunned down months after brother reported missing

Source: Antigua Observer Spent shells, thousands of marijuana plants and several pounds of the cured substance, were among the items the police took away from the scene where Charlesworth “Junie” Richards was gunned down in the wee hours of yesterday. The police issued an official statement indicating that the investigators “have so far…

Gov’t receives report into Carnival Tuesday death

Source: Antigua Observer The Police’s Public Prosecution Unit has been directed to resume the Coroner’s Inquest into the tragic death of carnival reveller Oniqua ‘Nikki’ Phillip, who was run over by a truck on August 2, 2016. This follows the submission of the long-awaited toxicology report which was recently handed over to Public…

Batsmen hold the key against Indians

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Head coach Stuart Law says West Indies’ batting in the upcoming five-match one-day series against India will be critical to the series outcome and has urged his batsmen to show more enterprise and play to their potential. The Windies batting struggled badly in the…

Turf club and ‘Tyre Master’ head to court over track ownership

Source: Antigua Observer The longstanding dispute between local businessman, Carlton “Tyre Master” Lewis and the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) regarding ownership of the Cassada Garden’s Race Track, may be resolved in the courtroom next week. Following Sunday’s third and final leg of this year’s Triple Crown Series — The Governor General’s Cup —…

Editorial: Bret should be a warning

Source: Antigua Observer Every year, the Atlantic, including a large portion of Caribbean nations, goes through a ritual. It is called the Hurricane Season.  And every year, people pay lip service to the warnings from organisations like our National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) or the United States based National Hurricane Center (which…

Press Release: Over 30,000 Plants Seized in Drug Operation

Source: Antigua Observer On Wednesday, police conducted a drug operation at “Ras Freeman” in Liberta and seized well over thirty thousand Cannabis Plants. Police officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Narcotics and K-9 Unit, along with those attached to Liberta, All Saints and Dockyard Police Stations were at the time conducting investigations…

Press Release: Police Probe Recent Homicide

Source: Antigua Observer Police are investigating a shooting incident at “Ras Freeman” Liberta, which left a man believed to be in his 40’s dead. The body, which is yet to be conclusively identified, was discovered around 2:30 am on Wednesday with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Circumstances surrounding the incident are…

Trump lawyers make final Supreme Court pitch on travel ban

Source: Antigua Observer The Trump administration on Wednesday made its final plea to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow its proposed ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as the justices weigh how to handle the hotly contested dispute. The court papers filed by President Donald Trump’s administration complete…

Fatal shooting victim named

Source: Antigua Observer The police have confirmed the shooting death of Charlesworth Richards in Liberta this morning. His twin brother Craig Richards of Bathlodge has been missing since blood was found in his home in March. Reports are those who shot Charlesworth Richards in Table Hill had identified themselves as officers of the…

LIAT resumes flights to Grenada and Trinidad

Source: Antigua Observer Regional air carrier LIAT yesterday reminded displaced passengers to Trinidad and Grenada that they will have a two-week window to rebook flights at no additional cost. The carrier had cancelled flights to those two countries and several others in the southern Caribbean due to the passage of Tropical Storm Bret…

New UPP candidates confident of election win

Source: Antigua Observer Two newly selected candidates who are expected to contest the next general elections on the United Progressive Party (UPP) ticket, said they have the right qualities to help their party secure victory in 2019. Kyron Simon won the St John’s Rural South primary held at Golden Grove on Monday night…

Restaurant destroyed in suspected arson

Source: Antigua Observer An estimated US $100,000 in losses were incurred when Yakinuki Express restaurant at West Coast Village on the Valley Road was destroyed in an early morning fire, yesterday. Derek Barrett told OBSERVER media that around 5 am, he received a call that a restaurant owned by his son Adam Barrett…

Climate Change toolkit being developed for regional policymakers

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda and other small island developing states (SIDS) are being encouraged to take full advantage of a new toolkit that will provide countries with a comprehensive source of methods, good practices and knowledge sharing on Climate Change legislation. “Because of the enormous challenges that small island developing states…

Mourinho denies tax fraud during Real Madrid stint

Source: Antigua Observer Manchester United manager José Mourinho has denied tax fraud in Spain, saying the government had ratified his tax affairs. Mourinho was accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes while he was Real Madrid coach from 2011 to 2012. A prosecutor said Mourinho, 54, did not…

Kumble Resigns As Partnership With Kohli Becomes ‘Untenable’

Source: Antigua Observer Hours after resigning as India coach, Anil Kumble has said he was “informed for the first time yesterday [Monday] by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach”. While stating that the committee of administrators (CAC) charged with deciding on who will be…

Rapturous Pakistan greets its champions

Source: Antigua Observer Ten Pakistan cricketers returned home to a heroic welcome in four different cities as hundreds of fans thronged the airports, and gathered outside their residences, to celebrate the Champions Trophy triumph. Pakistan dismantled archrivals India by 180 runs – the largest margin of victory in an ICC final. While five of the…

Schools volleyball team receives funds requested from gov’t

Source: Antigua Observer A dream by a number of schools volleyball players to compete at in annual invitational tournament in St Maarten seems set to become a reality following word that the government has approved the funding they had requested. The team’s trip had been in doubt last week following reports that government…

HAITI-VISIT-Brazilian ministers to visit Haiti

Source: Antigua Observer PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jun 20, CMC – Two Brazilian government ministers are due to arrive here on Thursday to attend the ceremonial opening of the Bon Repos Community Hospitals built in honor of Zilda Arns, a Brazilian pediatrician, the founder of the Pastoral Care of the Child, who died…

ST. KITTS-CRIME-Man shot and killed at hospital

Source: Antigua Observer BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 20, CMC – One person was shot and killed at the J.N. France Hospital Tuesday after a lone gunman entered the building in full view of staff and persons firing several gunshots at his victim. Police said one person had been taken into custody following the…

Ford to export Focus car from China to U.S. in 2019

Source: Antigua Observer Ford Motor Co (F.N) will export the next-generation Focus compact car from China to North America in 2019, rather than from Mexico as earlier planned, saving the company $500 million, a top executive said on Tuesday. It is the first major manufacturing investment decision made by new Chief Executive Officer…

Truck drivers vent frustration with cement company

Source: Antigua Observer Truck drivers are calling on Argos Cement Antigua to get its act together as they allege the company’s current mode of operation is time consuming, ineffective and affecting their work. Leroy Jimmie told our newsroom on Monday that the Crabbs plant has been operating without its full complement of machines…

New UPP candidates selected for next general elections

Source: Antigua Observer The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has confirmed two new candidates to run in the next general elections constitutionally due in 2019. Kyron Simon was elected on Monday night during the St John’s Rural South primary, beating his opponent Gladys Potter 31 – 19. He says his constituents should trust his experience. He…

Ministry of Health to carry out surveillance on food handlers

Source: Antigua Observer The Ministry of Health will be stepping up its surveillance during Carnival season to ensure food handlers on the island adhere to the safety rules. Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael says training is under way in several communities. He warns there are some foods that must be preserved differently to…

Press Release: Hatton Woman Convicted on Larceny Charge

Source: Antigua Observer A 48yr-old woman was convicted and fined $1,200 in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court, after she was found guilty of Larceny and Unlawful Possession. Deborah Andall of Hatton appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh on Monday charged with Larceny of one hundred and forty-four pairs of cosmetic earrings, and Unlawful Possession…

AGS student remains in coma

Source: Antigua Observer The condition of the 16-year-old Antigua Grammar School (AGS) student, who was struck in the head during a violent confrontation on Saturday, has not improved. Up until late yesterday afternoon, OBSERVER media was reliably informed that Jaheim Ferron remained in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit at the Mount…

Police call in UPP political hopeful for questioning again

Source: Antigua Observer Retired Defence Force Captain George Wehner is again the subject of a police investigation just weeks after he was charged for alleged death threats on the lives of 14 government officials who were bullseye targets in a political campaign video he has admitted making last year. The opposition United Progressive…

AUA and EMS continue training alliance

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the American University of Antigua (AUA) recently collaborated on a three week Advanced EMS Technicians Refresher Course as part of an on-going partnership in training between the two entities. The collaborative exercise, which commenced in late May and concluded on June…

A & B gets technical assistance in the area of agriculture

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua & Barbuda has turned to Cuba for help in implementing a two-year National Food Security Action Plan designed to re-position the country’s agriculture sector. The action plan addresses the nutritional requirements of Antiguans & Barbudans and trade arrangements with respect to importing and exporting food. An 11-member delegation from…

Delay of carnival waivers frustrates festivals minister

Source: Antigua Observer Minister of Culture and National Festivals E.P. ‘Chet’ Greene said he is disappointed with the failure of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) and the Customs Division to implement electricity and customs waivers for registered groups in carnival. Greene said he is angry that “somebody fell asleep on the job”.…

Antiguan boxer wins gold in Europe

Source: Antigua Observer Antiguan boxer, Alston Ryan, punched his way to top honours in the Light Welterweight division of Europe’s Box Cup, held in England at the Great Hall, Alexander Palace on Sunday. Ryan, son of John Ryan who is coach of the Cobra Boxing Gym here in Antigua, defeated Tom Tennant in…

No Triple Crown Victory For First Lady

Source: Antigua Observer The First Lady was served sour grapes on Sunday as the thoroughbred failed in her bid to become only the second horse to win the Antigua Turf Club’s Triple Crown Series, crashing to defeat in the third and final leg of the series, the Governor General’s Cup, at the Cassada…

Windies to play for increased prized money

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – West Indies Women will be vying for a winner’s cheque of US$660000 when they open their campaign in the ICC Women’s World Cup which off Saturday. The top prize is part of an overall tournament bounty of $2 million which according to the International Cricket Council is 10…

Christmas Day shooting victim recovering 6 months on

Source: Antigua Observer On Christmas Day last year, 37-year-old Christopher Tester of the United Kingdom was shot in the head during an attempted robbery at his parents’ bar and restaurant the Boxer Shack in Old Road. Six months on his parents shared an update on his recovery with the 1,728 people who helped…

Father & Sons Remanded on Gun, Ammo Charges

Source: Antigua Chronicle Orel Brookes, 54 and his twin sons, 21yr-old Akeem and Shakeem Brookes of Green Bay were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on gun and ammunition charges. Officers attached to Grays Farm Police Station executed a Search Warrant on their home last Friday, and found several rounds of ammunition which includes;…

Blood Drive Reaps Favourable Count

Source: Antigua Chronicle   “I just chaired a meeting where we  essentially looked at the  blood donation drive  we had last week Wednesday on  World Blood Donor  Day and I am very pleased that in my mind, it was a success and all reports from Mount St. John’s Medical Centre and the Red…

3-Week Advance EMS Technicians Refresher Course Wraps up at AUA

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Services and the American University of Antigua have continued their fruitful alliance with the staging of a three week Advance EMS Technicians Refresher Course at the University near Jabberwock Beach. The exercise, which saw the already Advance Technicians going through training in Airway Management,…

Press Release: Father & Sons Remanded on Gun & Ammo Charges

Source: Antigua Observer Orel Brookes, 54 and his twin sons, 21yr-old Akeem and Shakeem Brookes of Green Bay were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on gun and ammunition charges. Officers attached to Grays Farm Police Station executed a Search Warrant on their home last Friday, and found several rounds of ammunition which includes;…

Police detain George Wehner again

Source: Antigua Observer Opposition United Progressive Party political hopeful George Wehner was again locked up today by police who also went to search his Seatons home. Wehner’s lawyer Leon Chaku Symister tells OBSERVER media his client went to the Willikies Police Station to sign in as required while on bail for charges stemming…

Meteorologists monitor weather disturbances in the region

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua Meteorological Services is monitoring areas of disturbance across the region. Leonard Josiah explains that the National Hurricane Centre is introducing a Potential Cyclone Advisory for systems that bear strong potential to develop into hurricanes. Josiah adds the weather experienced locally during the early hours of Monday morning has nothing…

JAMAICA-ENERGY-Jamaica developing plan to guide modern energy sector

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 19, CMC – Jamaica is developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the development of a modern energy sector. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy, and Technology, Hillary Alexander, speaking at the opening ceremony of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Jamaica Alternative Energy…

Supreme Court to hear major Wisconsin case on electoral maps

Source: Antigua Observer The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether electoral maps drawn deliberately to favor a particular political party are acceptable under the Constitution in a case that could have huge consequences for American elections. The justices will take up Wisconsin’s appeal of a lower court ruling last November…

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes

Source: Antigua Observer A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors. Andrew Weissmann, who headed…

Police intervene to settle Tomlinson workers’ pay dispute

Source: Antigua Observer An unusual scenario played out at the Police Headquarters last Friday as workers of the Tomlinson’s school site had to be paid there following an alleged altercation between a subcontractor and an employee. According to Colin Harrigan, owner of one of two firms working on the construction of the new…

Society is to be blamed for deadbeat fathers, advocate says

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Single Fathers’ Association in Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles said society must take some of the blame for the men who are deemed to be “deadbeat fathers”. In a Fathers’ Day discussion on OBSERVER’s Big Issues programme yesterday, Feeles said society is “hypocritical” because it does…

AGS STUDENT IN COMA

Source: Antigua Observer A violent confrontation between two teenage boys has resulted in one of them being hospitalised in a coma at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) and the other in police custody. According to information received from the police, the incident during which a 16-year-old student of Antigua Grammar School (AGS)…

Gov’t accused of ripping off construction workers

Source: Antigua Observer Top union officials expressed their shock, disappointment and outrage for what they deemed as the wholesale rip-off of construction workers. This was in response to Prime Minister Browne’s revelation, recently, that workers at the Dredge Bay housing project are receiving way less than industry standard pay for their labour. “What…

Bravo sidelined unless tweet goes, says Cameron

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, has made it clear that left-hander Darren Bravo will remain sidelined from selection until he removes the offensive tweet which resulted in his being sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November. Speaking in a candid interview…

Selectors keep faith with same 13 for India series

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Selectors have named an unchanged 13-man West Indies squad to face India in the opening doubleheader of the five-match one-day series starting here next Friday. It includes one uncapped player in seamer Kesrick Williams who was drafted into the squad for the third one-dayer…

Editorial: A father in the family

Source: Antigua Observer If you are a sentimental sort, you probably celebrated Father’s Day with a special “father” in your life. We use the quotations around “father” to donate the flexible use of the term in today’s modern family. And we use the word modern to describe families because the traditional family is…

Barbuda Council workers face late salaries again

Source: Antigua Observer Barbuda Affairs Minister Arthur Nibbs is encouraging Barbudans to embrace foreign direct investment to help relieve recurring problems in meeting the payroll of the Barbuda Council. The ABLP had cleared a backlog of wages of several weeks in recent times but wages are now around two weeks in arrears, leading…

Letter to the Editor: The hypocrisy of some animal lovers

Source: Antigua Observer Dear Editor, I write with a pained heart to expose the hypocrisy of some of the so-called humanitarian organizations which claim they love animals and look out for their well-being. I write against the backdrop of the vitriolic, caustic and downright hateful remarks made by some in that community against a certain artiste…

(Guest Comment) Cultural Christianity: The Modern Counterfeit

Source: Antigua Observer Some may find it offensive to discuss, but it is a truism that needs little defense – most people living in this post-Christian era of western decline haven’t got the faintest understanding of what constitutes an authentic Christian. Modern Christianity has become so corrupted through moral and political compromise that…

Pig Pens Must Meet Sanitary Standards

Source: Antigua Observer The Chief Health Inspector is warning that the newly erected Pig pens at Bay Street in Villa will have to meet strict sanitary standard to avoid being moved. Lionel Michael visited the site this week and say he plans to speak at length with the pig farmers whose animals are…

IMF reaches agreement with Haiti

Source: Antigua Observer PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jun 17, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has reached agreement with Haiti on a staff-monitored programme (SMP). An IMF delegation, headed Chris Walker, its mission chief for the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, said that following “productive discussions” the staff-level agreement was…

Syrian army declares 48-hour ceasefire in Deraa

Source: Antigua Observer The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in the southern city of Deraa for 48 hours from Saturday, according to a statement carried by state news agency SANA. A war monitor said the level of violence had fallen three hours after the ceasefire was due to take effect,…

Will the real fathers please stand up!

Source: Antigua Observer Tomorrow is Fathers’ Day and many in society often lament that men are not given the same love and appreciation women receive for Mother’s Day. OBSERVER media went on the streets yesterday, to ask men and women two questions: What is the role of a father in his children’s life…

Yida denies alleged altercation between workers at Crabb’s

Source: Antigua Observer A claim, by a worker, that a fight between nationalities took place at the Yida construction site on Friday has been flatly denied by Yida International Investment and the company insists the incident never went further than a war of words. According to the company’s agent, Yohann Hesse, there was…

Gov’t approves facility to aid vagrants and homeless people

Source: Antigua Observer A programme seeking to provide assistance to vagrants and homeless people was approved by the Cabinet when it was put forward this week by the Minister responsible for Social Transformation, Samantha Marshall. The minister told OBSERVER media that her Cabinet colleagues are in support of the initiative which will includes…

$15K COMPENSATION FOR CHOPPING VICTIM

Source: Antigua Observer Kish Cochrane has paid $5,000 out of the $15,000 compensation order made by Justice Keith Thom who sentenced him yesterday for wounding Franklin Browne about two years ago in a confrontation at the East Bus Station. Cochrane, who pleaded guilty to the offence, apologised for his actions and told the…

Editorial: The happiest people in life

Source: Antigua Observer In his autobiography, “Up From Slavery”, Booker T Washington devoted an entire chapter to the topic of helping others. Chapter Four was literally entitled “Helping others”. From that chapter came one of Booker T’s most famous quotes. Upon reflecting on the education which he received at the Hampton Institute in…

Mayo Clinic Donates Big to Mount St. John’s

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) got a major boost on Thursday (June 15th), when for the fourth time in eleven years,  George Bahri and family were instrumental in facilitating a significant contribution to the country’s main hospital with the handing over of US two hundred and twenty-three thousand…

The Authorities are monitoring water quality at Dredge Bay

Source: Antigua Observer Government officials are closely monitoring water quality and other conditions in the Dredge Bay area following a molasses foam spill earlier this week. The Antigua Distillery has said it is responsible for the incident and is working to fully contain the spill by this weekend. Well the Environment Ministry is…

HAITI-POLITICS-Haiti and US discuss development projects

Source: Antigua Observer MIAMI, Jun 16, CMC – Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has held talks with United States Vice President Mike Pence on deepening the bilateral relations between the two countries. President Jovenel Moise greets US Vice President Mike Pence Moise arrived here earlier this week to attend the Investment Summit of the…

Deadlocked Cosby jury begins fifth day of deliberations

Source: Antigua Observer Jurors deciding Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial resumed deliberations on Friday morning and will try to break a deadlock on all three charges. After the jury sent a note on Thursday morning saying it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, Judge Steven O’Neill, in a state…

Apple hires two top TV executives from Sony Pictures

Source: Antigua Observer Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Friday it hired co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, to lead its video programing efforts. The duo, responsible for shows such “Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul”, “The Crown” and “The Blacklist”, have been Sony Pictures presidents since 2005. “Jamie and…

Amazon to buy upmarket grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Source: Antigua Observer Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM.O) in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt. The $42 per share offer represents a premium of 27 percent to the upmarket grocery chain’s Thursday close. Whole Foods shares were halted at $32.77 in premarket trading,…

Judge warns of long sentence for man found guilty of murder

Source: Antigua Observer Steve “Crypto” Urlings has been warned to expect a “long sentence” after he was found guilty of murdering Albert “Pressure Man” Browne, the nephew of Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The jury delivered the guilty verdict yesterday before Justice Iain Morley, the prosecution and relatives of the convicted man, including his…

Editorial: Peaceful coexistence through zoning

Source: Antigua Observer There was an interesting discussion on a recent OBSERVER AM broadcast where the topic focused on the newly constructed Bay Street pigsties. The guests were pig farmer Fitzmorgan Greenaway and Chief Health Inspector, Lionel Michael. The interview got started with a question to the pig-farming expert that related to why…

Airport taxi drivers mount another protest

Source: Antigua Observer Tensions flared yesterday at the V C Bird International Airport after the United Taxi Association vowed to protest any attempt to keep a Sun Tours employee as a dispatcher at the new terminal, against a vote to move her. The female who serves as a dispatcher showed up to work…

Ministers delay approval of $7.4M Carnival budget

Source: Antigua Observer A whopping $7.4 million proposed budget for the 60th anniversary of Carnival has raised the eyebrows of the ministers of government who met at Cabinet this week only to adjourn without approving the sum. According to the government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst, the ministers decided the $7.4 million…

DoE Speaks to Recent Molasses Spill

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Department of Environment is working in collaboration with all relevant government agencies to appropriately manage the recent molasses spill, which took place as a result of activities at the Antigua Distillery located at Rat Island. Thus far, the government agencies involved in the management of this issue are Fisheries…

Health officials underscore the need for blood donations

Source: Antigua Chronicle Scores of people turned out to witness the historic launch of a Mobile Blood Collection Unit which was donated by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom. The organization was represented by Rudi Page, an NHS consultant and CEO of Making Connections Work. Speaking during the ceremony outside…

Guilty of murder

Source: Antigua Observer A guilty verdict was handed down for murder accused Steve “Crypto” Urlings who had been on trial for the past few weeks for killing Albert “Pressure Man” Browne on September 1, 2014. He has been remanded to prison until his sentencing to be conducted by Justice Iain Morley in the…

Putin, in pre-election year, pledges to erase spiralling poverty

Source: Antigua Observer Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to eradicate spiralling poverty and ensure people were properly housed and paid, in a marathon TV appearance on Thursday that looked like a pitch to voters ahead of a presidential election next year. Putin, who has dominated Russia’s political landscape for the past 17 years,…

BOY HIT BY POLE RUSHED TO MSJMC

Source: Antigua Observer   A male secondary school student is nursing head injuries after a utility pole, which was knocked down by a truck, spilt and fell on his him while he was walking along Sir Sidney Walling Highway yesterday afternoon. The Irene B Williams Secondary School (IBWSS) student, whose name and age…

Cook found guilty for eye-poking offence

Source: Antigua Observer   Dave Anthony, a former line cook at Blue Waters Hotel has been convicted for injuring his former boss on the job, an incident that resulted in Anthony also being fired. Anthony, who pleaded not guilty in the High Court before Justice Keith Thom, was found guilty by a jury which heard that…

Airport emergency drill deemed a success

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) is envisioning that the country’s first aid consciousness will soon be on par with that of Seattle, USA, where almost all working class people are required to be trained in responding to cardiac emergencies. Yesterday, an emergency drill at the V C Bird…

Ministry of Health starts drive to boost hospital’s blood bank

Source: Antigua Observer With the blood bank at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) hovering at critically low levels, the Ministry of Health expects that its newly commissioned mobile blood unit will better facilitate donations of the life sustaining substance. The mobile unit will provide an avenue for residents across the island…

Alleged drug trafficker remanded

Source: Antigua Observer Juan Michel Francis was yesterday remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel charged with possession of marijuana among other drug related offences. The electrician allegedly tried to smuggle over $100,000 worth of the contraband into the country on Sunday when he arrived on a PAWA Dominicana flight from…

Alleged killer released from hospital

Source: Antigua Observer The man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin and friend on Monday night has been released from the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) and is now assisting police with their investigations. Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Frankie Thomas said 21-year-old Anthony Joseph of the Point was treated and released…

Of polls and snap elections

Source: Antigua Observer There is a lot of talk about a possible early election. Prime Minister Gaston Browne has hinted at the possibility more than once.  Most recently, when prodded on the matter, he said that the election would come “like a thief in the night” and when it is called, “there will…

Housing in Antigua & Barbuda: Home ownership vs Renting

Source: Antigua Observer While those who received the keys to their new homes on Monday from Prime Minister Gaston Browne under the government’s flagship 500 homes in 500 days project are celebrating this week, others in the country may be facing issues with their living arrangements. OBSERVER media canvased St John’s City on…

Michael Blackburn wins unfair dismissal claim

Source: Antigua Observer Almost three years after hearing the case, the Industrial Court has ruled that LIAT unfairly dismissed pilot Captain Michael Blackburn. He was fired in December 2011. And yesterday’s judgement backs up the 2012 finding of the Labour Commissioner. Ruggles Ferguson in Grenada is one of Blackburn’s lawyers. He tells Observer Media he…

Cook found guilty in eye poking incident

Source: Antigua Observer   Dave Anthony, a former line cook at Blue Waters Hotel has been convicted for injuring his former boss on the job, an incident that resulted in (him) Anthony also being fired. Anthony, who pleaded not guilty in the High Court before Justice Keith Thom, was found guilty by a…

Republic of Korea strengthens relations

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 14, CMC – The Republic of Korea has formalised its decade old friendship with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) when the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country presented his credentials to CARICOM. CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Manorma Soeknandan accepted the Letter of Credence from Ki-Mo Lim…

Boy hospitalised after being hit by a truck

Source: Antigua Observer A secondary school student was knocked down this afternoon and rushed to the Mount St John’s Medical Centre with minor injuries. The accident occurred around 1 o clock on Sir Sidney Walling Highway, opposite the Road Safety Group sign which says “Don’t Be A ‘D’ Driver”. OBSERVER media arrived on the scene after the…

Turkey says Gulf Arab rift damages Muslim world

Source: Antigua Observer Turkey said on Wednesday Qatar’s rift with fellow Gulf Arab states and Egypt was damaging the Islamic world and it would do all it could by diplomatic channels to prevent any escalation. President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cultivated close ties to Doha while preserving relations with Saudi Arabia, dispatched his…

Queen’s Baton to Arrive in Antigua and Barbuda this Weekend

Source: Antigua Chronicle Days ahead of the anticipated Antiguan and Barbuda leg of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay, the organizing committee announces that the baton, and its delegation, are due to arrive on island this weekend. Of the 70 Commonwealth Nations that the baton will travel through, its journey across Antigua…

Seaborne Airlines Resumes Direct Flights Between San Juan and Antigua

Source: Antigua Chronicle Seaborne Airlines, has announced that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s LuisMuñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting Friday, July 21, 2017. Seaborne Airlines and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority have entered into an agreement to resume flights. The…

Freak Accident In Friars Hill Development

Source: Antigua Observer At about 9 am C 9065, a flat bed truck was driving east on a by road in Friars Hill Development carrying cement blocks. As it proceeded up the steep stretch of road, the cement blocks began slipping off. The blocks struck two parked vehicles C 6767 and A 25210.

Eye Care for Public Servants Gathers Widespread Interest

Source: Antigua Chronicle   Public Servants across the twin-island state will be able to see more clearly as the Ministry of Health and the Environment embarks upon an eye care screening initiative, appropriately titled ‘Public Sector Eye Service.” The exercise, which is in collaboration with the Caribbean Council for the Blind and Visually…

STOP THE VIOLENCE SLAIN YOUTH’S PARENTS SAY

Source: Antigua Observer The parents of slain youth Gavin Edwards, also known as “Fat Head” or “Big League” are making an appeal for violence to end, after a violent confrontation resulted in their son’s death on Monday night. Police reports state that Edwards, of Yorks, was stabbed in the abdomen and later died…

PM Browne says UPP march exposes its vulnerability

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne has dismissed the Black Monday March by the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) as a failure, while he suggested that the UPP doesn’t stand a chance at the next polls. He said the march, which attracted over 2,000 supporters according to the police estimate, highlighted…

How sand mining is ruining our coastlines

Source: Antigua Observer The Department of Environment has indicated that since the government announced plans to suspend sand mining in Barbuda by December 2017, reports have been received of an increase in people removing sand from beaches across Antigua. Here is the thing — that is illegal. Director of the Department of Environment…

What can be done to help this man?

Source: Antigua Observer Concerned residents who saw a defence force member in uniform, dragging 63-year-old Luke Tyrone outside Mount St John’s Medical Centre yesterday morning are calling on the Family and Social Services Division to help the homeless man. Hungry, sick and tired, Tyrone told OBSERVER media he had no one to turn…

Automatic World Cup spot slipping away for Windies

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – West Indies’ chances of an earning automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup took another damaging blow when they dropped two rating points in the latest ICC One-Day International rankings released on Tuesday. The Caribbean side dropped from 79 points to 77 following their stunning 63-run defeat…

An economic powerhouse built by underpaid workers

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) held a ceremony at the National Housing project at Dredge Bay to hand over keys to about 12 of the 48 houses on the site.  It was part of the third anniversary celebrations which are designed to showcase the progress being made by…

Schools volleyball team trip in doubt

Source: Antigua Observer A schools volleyball team slated to travel to St Maarten next week, may have to cancel their trip if they do not receive the funding requested from government. This is according to one high-level government employee who said the Ministry of Sports is making a concerted effort to source the…

Ronaldo accused of tax evasion

Source: Antigua Observer Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax. The prosecutor’s office in Madrid says it has filed a lawsuit against the Portuguese player. He is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m; $16m) from 2011 to 2014.…

Matthew: Youth to benefit from hosting of LIBA tournament

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA), Daryll Matthew, said his organisation jumped at the opportunity of hosting the Leeward Islands Basketball Association (LIBA) Under-20 Tournament because of the benefits to be derived by the country’s young players. The tournament, which is slated for August 23-27, was officially…

Why sand mining is ruining our coastlines

Source: Antigua Observer Today, the Department of Environment indicated that since the government announced plans to suspend sand mining in Barbuda by December 2017, they have received reports of an increase in people removing sand from beaches across Antigua. Here is the thing— that is illegal. Diann Black-Layne, who is the Director Department…

Sandals Trains the Next Generation of Antiguan Hospitality Workers

Source: Antigua Chronicle Dickenson Bay, Antigua – While many of their peers may still be figuring out which career path they want to pursue in life, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is assisting five ambitious and driven students of the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI) to pursue future careers in the country’s…

This is how sargassum is being tackled in Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Worrying quantities sargassum seaweed are returning to beaches on the north-eastern end of Antigua & Barbuda, creating a problem for beach lovers and some businesses in the area, particularly hotels. Ruleta Camacho Thomas, the Deputy Chief Environment Officer within the Environment Division, says a number of measures are in place to…

Press Release: Police Probe Stabbing Death

Source: Antigua Observer Police are investigating a stabbing incident on Lower St. Johns Street in the Point Area, which apparently led to the death of 25yr-old Gavin Edwards of Yorks. It is alleged that around 9:45 pm on Monday, both Edwards and 21yr-old Anthony Joseph of Point were involved in an altercation. The…

Press Release:ILLEGAL SAND MINING ON THE INCREASE IN ANTIGUA

Source: Antigua Observer Since the announcement of Governments’ plans to suspend sand mining from Barbuda by December 2017 the Department of the Environment (DoE) has noted a marked increase in reports of persons taking sand from several beaches in Antigua. The removal of sand from beaches in Antigua is illegal and punishable by…

Public urged to support upcoming blood drive

Source: Antigua Chronicle Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas has been meeting with key stakeholders to make plans for the official launch of Antigua and Barbuda’s first Mobile Blood Collection Unit at the Ministry of Health & the Environment’s Headquarters on Lower Long and High Streets (39ers Square) President of the Antigua and…

Britain’s PM May to face her party amid post-election tumult

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Theresa May must convince her Conservative lawmakers on Monday that she should stay as party leader after an election gamble that has plunged British politics into chaos a week before formal talks to leave the European Union begin. Unable to govern without support after the snap election, she…

Russian police detain Putin critic Navalny, scores of protesters held

Source: Antigua Observer Baton-wielding riot police broke up an anti-government demonstration in Moscow on Monday and arrested scores of protesters after detaining Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he tried to leave his home. Several thousand protesters, including many young people, crowded central Moscow at Navalny’s behest chanting “Russia without Putin” and “Russia…

Pigsty upsets Villa residents

Source: Antigua Observer A number of Villa residents are upset with a plan to move pig pens into the neighbourhood. The upset residents live on Bay Street, where Prime Minister Gaston Browne has allegedly built pig pens for at least three pig farmers. Many were not happy and a few told OBSERVER media…

Advocacy group, THE MOVEMENT, supports ‘Black March’

Source: Antigua Observer The good governance group THE MOVEMENT, said it shares a common interest with the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), and  will be represented at today’s ‘Black March’ against the goverment. The march coincides with the third anniversary of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party’s (ABLP) regime which began on June…

Editorial: A flying dolly house

Source: Antigua Observer We are going to hold our noses, clasp our hands in prayer and venture into the very murky water that is LIAT.  We do not predict a pleasant journey but to make it as comfortable as possible, we are going to try to stay above the stench of insults being…

Political analyst objects to power consolidation

Source: Antigua Observer Three years after it first took office, a political analyst is warning the public to be wary of power consolidation by the Gaston Browne administration. The advice comes from Professor of African & Caribbean Studies at the Arizona State University Dr David Hinds who feels that Antigua & Barbuda’s ministers…

Activists offer no apology for death wish comments

Source: Antigua Observer The founder of Dogs and Cats of Antigua says she won’t apologize for the harsh comments meted out to the musician who burned a dead dog and joked about eating it. Joy Farrell says the comments which some users posted in the organisation’s public Facebook discussion group were “passionate” because…

Brazil top court lambastes alleged Temer espionage attempt

Source: Antigua Observer Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court urged a thorough investigation into reports that the country’s secret security service spied on Justice Edson Fachin, in the latest clash involving President Michel Temer’s embattled administration. Court president Carmen Lúcia said in a statement on Saturday that, if proved accurate, such reports show an inadmissible…

Germany’s Merkel says walls don’t solve immigration problems

Source: Antigua Observer German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that putting up walls will not solve problems that countries are seeing due to immigration. Speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Merkel said the history showed only when empires have gotten on well with their neighbors have migration pressures…

U.S. joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city

Source: Antigua Observer U.S. special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting. The Philippines military said the United States was providing technical assistance to…

Trade Union Congress not happy after three years of ABLP

Source: Antigua Observer The General Secretary of the Public Service Union Sandra Williams says after three years in office the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party still has a lot to do for labour relations. She was speaking to OBSERVER media today as the party approaches its anniversary of three years in office. Williams…

Press Release: New Antiguan Book hits Book Stands

Source: Antigua Observer It was a gala, red carpet affair when Antigua and Barbuda’s “Grand Dame of Poetry” Mary Geo Quinn launched her ninth book “Hol’ De Line and Other Stories” last night. Scores of nationals flocked to the Runway 10 Conference Centre to be treated to a cultural treat of music, song,…

Editorial: A new chapter in e-books

Source: Antigua Observer You can imagine our shock when we heard that some students have damaged and misplaced the tablets involved in the e-book initiative undertaken by the Board of Education (BOE).  A press release from the Education Ministry explained that some students have damaged and misplaced the tablets since the two-week distribution…

An agreement between LIAT and pilots, ATR 72s will fly

Source: Antigua Observer The management of regional carrier LIAT and representatives of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) struck a deal late yesterday, bringing to an immediate end a three-day impasse over a demand for increased pay by the pilots. Captain Carl Burke, President of LIALPA, confirmed that a Consent Order was…

Which promises has Labour kept after 3 years?

Source: Antigua Observer Get rid of Personal Income Tax – So said, so done in June of 2016. The removal of PIT came as a relief to many who had voted for it in the 2014 general elections but as a carpenter from Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s constituency told our newsroom this week…

Press Release: Ministry Honours Retirees in Inaugural Ceremony

Source: Antigua Observer In a ceremony befitting Kings and Queens, twenty newly retired employees from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were showered with accolades during a retirement awards banquet at the former US Air Station in Coolidge. The gala-style event, which took place on Thursday night, saw six men and fourteen…

Heroin smuggler jailed for 12 years

Source: Antigua Observer | Heroin smuggler jailed for 12 years HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jun 7, CMC – A 26-year-old man, who showed no remorse, has been jailed for 12 years by a Supreme Court judge over drugs charges, while his 55-year-old mother received a suspended 12-month sentence. Damon Morris was convicted by a jury of conspiring

Cosby attorneys highlight sex assault accuser’s ‘confusion’

Source: Antigua Observer | Cosby attorneys highlight sex assault accuser’s ‘confusion’ Attorneys for Bill Cosby turned their attention to early discrepancies in statements by the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2004, as they sought to discredit prosecutors’ star witness. Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at the entertainer’s alma mater,

Unions give one week truce

Source: Antigua Observer | Unions give one week truce PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jun 7, CMC – Unions representing garment workers here have given the authorities a one week truce to meet their demands for an increase in the minimum wages paid to workers in the garment industry. Secretary General of the Centrale Autonome des

Trump to nominate former Justice Dept lawyer to lead FBI

Source: Antigua Observer | Trump to nominate former Justice Dept lawyer to lead FBI President Donald Trump, in a surprise Twitter message early on Wednesday, said he will nominate former assistant U.S. attorney general Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, whose former chief was fired by Trump less than a month ago. James Comey, dismissed

At least 12 killed in rare militant attack in Tehran

Source: Antigua Observer | At least 12 killed in rare militant attack in Tehran Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said. Islamic State

Press Release: FLIGHTS DISRUPTED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Source: Antigua Observer | Press Release: FLIGHTS DISRUPTED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, June 7, 2017 – LIAT regrets to advise the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA). In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft,

Excellence apologises to stranded patrons

Source: Antigua Observer | Excellence apologises to stranded patrons The operator of the Excellence tour boat has apologised to patrons left stranded on the sister island on Monday following the Caribana festivities. The vessel is operated under Tropical Adventures and the company’s Executive Director Patrick Ryan wished that those people never had that experience. “To

Former SEMBCORP workers fate at stake at APUA

Source: Antigua Observer | Former SEMBCORP workers fate at stake at APUA The fate of six former SEMBCORP workers will be determined today at which time they will find out whether or not they will continue working with APUA. The workers, hoping to become full time Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) employees, had been sent home

Jelena Ostapenko shocks Caroline Wozniacki

Source: Antigua Observer | Jelena Ostapenko shocks Caroline Wozniacki Unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko became the first teenager to reach the French Open women’s semi-finals since 2007 with a shock win against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. The 19-year-old lost the first five games of her first major quarter-final before winning 4-6 6-2 6-2. She

A&B aims to test thousands for HIV this year

Source: Antigua Observer | A&B aims to test thousands for HIV this year The AIDS Secetariart will be attempting to test 2,000 people for HIV as it prepares to launch Antigua & Barbuda’s leg of the Regional Testing Day next week. The number of testing sites has also been increased as well as the operating

From London, an Antiguan woman speaks on terror attacks

Source: Antigua Observer | From London, an Antiguan woman speaks on terror attacks An Antiguan woman in her 60s who is visiting London this week has found herself caught up in what she describes as a “frightening” incident in the UK. Right now, the UK police are investigating a “terrorist attack” that has left at

London attacks: What we know so far

Source: Antigua Observer | London attacks: What we know so far A van has struck pedestrians on London Bridge in central London leaving a number of casualties, including fatalities. Police have declared a “terrorist incident” there and at nearby Borough Market amid reports of stabbings. Here’s what we know so far. What happened? Armed police

Vehicle up in flames on Mckinnons Drive – Friday Evening

Source: Antigua Observer | Vehicle up in flames on Mckinnons Drive – Friday Evening A Grey Nissan Pathfinder went up in flames on Mckinnons Drive on Friday evening. The cause is unknown at this time. The driver did not suffer any injuries.  

Injured motorcyclist may have long recovery

Source: Antigua Observer | Injured motorcyclist may have long recovery Doctors have said motorcyclist Curtis Gordon is expected to have a long recovery having broken several bones in a crash in Falmouth. The Customs Officer was rushed to hospital on Thursday after the Suzuki motorcycle he was riding on Falmouth main road collided with an

Tennis legend accuses ‘US gay lobby’ of conspiracy

Source: Antigua Observer | Tennis legend accuses ‘US gay lobby’ of conspiracy Tennis great Margaret Court believes there is a “conspiracy” from the “US gay lobby” to strip her name from one of the Australian Open stadiums. The 74-year-old has been criticised for her beliefs on same-sex marriage, with 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova calling

Maginley eager to play in Davis Cup

Source: Antigua Observer | Maginley eager to play in Davis Cup Antigua & Barbuda’s number one ranked Davis Cup player, Jody Maginley, is eager to represent his country in the prestigious competition alongside three of the country’s other top players. Maginley, who recently turned pro, said competition in the Davis Cup has been one of

Police Welfare Association advocates for station repairs island wide

Source: Antigua Observer | Police Welfare Association advocates for station repairs island wide The state of disrepair at some of the nation’s police stations has caused the Police Welfare Association to advocate for improved working conditions for officers. The association’s Chairman, Inspector Claudina Nathaniel Morgan told OBSERVER media that the body is aware of the

Elderly man knocked down, driver allegedly flees then returns

Source: Antigua Observer | Elderly man knocked down, driver allegedly flees then returns A man in his 60s was struck down shortly before 8pm tonight while riding his bicycle in the vicinity of Townhouse Mega Store, All Saints Road. Ricaldo Francis sustained severe injuries to his head and was crying out for pain on the

LIAT executive member resigns

Source: Antigua Observer | LIAT executive member resigns LIAT Chief Commercial Officer Llyod Carswell has reportedly resigned. His resignation took effect last week. Carswell was first appointed to the senior post in 2014. The Antigua based airline has been going through turbulent times having just staved off threatened industrial action this month. Observer Media will bring

Six thousand APUA meters to be replaced

Source: Antigua Observer | Six thousand APUA meters to be replaced The Antigua Public Utilities Authority says it will replace thousands of meters across the island in the next six months. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-1’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn3.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0530-REPLACE-METERS.mp3?x98788″}); That is APUA’s consumer Services Superintendent, Veronica Yearwood. She says the estimated bills are not a satisfactory position for either the consumer or

TRINIDAD-RIGHTS-Trinidad to host Caribbean conference on ageing and rights of older people

Source: Antigua Observer | TRINIDAD-RIGHTS-Trinidad to host Caribbean conference on ageing and rights of older people SANTIAGO, Chile, May 30, CMC –Trinidad and Tobago will host a two-day Caribbean preparatory meeting for the Fourth Regional Intergovernmental Conference on Ageing and the Rights of Older Persons. The June 1-2 meeting will precede the Fourth Regional Intergovernmental

JAMAICA-EMPLOYMENT-JSIF targeting young people for employment under multi-million dollar programmes

Source: Antigua Observer | JAMAICA-EMPLOYMENT-JSIF targeting young people for employment under multi-million dollar programmes KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 30, CMC – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) says it is investing two billion dollars (One Jamaica dollar =US$0.008 cents) in several projects during the 2017-18 fiscal year that will support the government’s undertaking to neutralise factors

Trump, Macron and election: what prompted Merkel’s blunt Munich speech

Source: Antigua Observer | Trump, Macron and election: what prompted Merkel’s blunt Munich speech For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who often pulls her rhetorical punches, her weekend message signaling a shift in the post-war order was uncharacteristically blunt. But growing frustration with U.S. President Donald Trump, a determination to reform Europe with France’s incoming leader

MPs oppose the need to divulge interest in companies

Source: Antigua Observer | MPs oppose the need to divulge interest in companies Members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the aisle mounted – to no avail – staunch opposition to a new regulation which would require anyone with beneficial interest in, control of, or direction of a company to be declared to the

European allies see the two sides of Trump leftright 8/8leftright

Source: Antigua Observer | European allies see the two sides of Trump leftright 8/8leftright In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets. In Brussels, he bashed NATO partners for not spending more on defense, shoved

Rare failure for Archer as Sussex struggle

Source: Antigua Observer | Rare failure for Archer as Sussex struggle TUNBRIDGE WELLS, England, May 27, CMC – Sussex’ Barbadian star Jofra Archer suffered a rare failure as the visitors found themselves against the ropes after day two of their County Championship clash against Kent here Saturday. The 22-year-old has been in superb form with

Players acclimatising to high altitude: Edwards

Source: Antigua Observer | Players acclimatising to high altitude: Edwards DENVER, Colorado, May 27, CMC – Veteran winger Carlos Edwards believes the ongoing high-altitude training camp here is already paying dividends, as Trinidad and Tobago continue to build up towards next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against United States. The squad arrived here Tuesday night

Thompson stunned but McLeod shines again

Source: Antigua Observer | Thompson stunned but McLeod shines again EUGENE, Oregon, May 27, CMC – Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson tasted defeated for the first time this season in the 200 metres but fellow Jamaican Omar McLeod kept up his excellent form as he won the men’s sprint hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic

Defending champions and British boat share lead

Source: Antigua Observer | Defending champions and British boat share lead DOCKYARD, Bermuda, May 27, CMC – Oracle Team USA, the defending champions, and British entry Land Rover BAR shared the lead on three points after day one of the qualifiers at the month-long 35th America’s Cup in the Great Sound on Saturday as Groupama

Rubis and gas station operator to square off in court

Source: Antigua Observer | Rubis and gas station operator to square off in court With an injunction in place, service station operator Bernard Percival and the French energy giant, Rubis, are hoping that legal action, initiated by the businessman, will be heard soon in the High Court. Percival is trying to stop the company permanently,

Convict sentenced to 20 years for 2009 murder

Source: Antigua Observer | Convict sentenced to 20 years for 2009 murder Eight years after he murdered Steve Reynolds Mingo in an attempted robbery at the victim’s Gray’s Hill home, Trevor “Jojo” Boston was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crime. Boston, 28, who was remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) four days

Murder in Green Bay, two others injured

Source: Antigua Observer | Murder in Green Bay, two others injured A father is dead and his son and a neighbour are nursing gunshot injuries after a shooting incident on George Street, Green Bay last night. Police sources confirmed they received a call around 10 pm, informing them there was a shooting in the village.

Gov’t Says ARG Lease Has Been Rescinded

Source: Antigua Observer | Gov’t Says ARG Lease Has Been Rescinded The government announced that it has rescinded a lease granted by the former administration to the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) back in 2013, to manage the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG). Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show on Thursday, Minister of

Efforts to operationalise NAMCo within weeks

Source: Antigua Observer | Efforts to operationalise NAMCo within weeks The government said it will be intensifying efforts to operationalise the National Asset Management Company (NAMCo), to include setting up an office in the city. Information Minister Melford Nicholas said this should take place within a matter of weeks. “We will be publishing an invitation

Union indicts Ministry of Education for ‘overburdening’ teachers

Source: Antigua Observer | Union indicts Ministry of Education for ‘overburdening’ teachers Public school teachers, through their bargaining agent the Antigua & Barbuda Union of Teachers, (A&BUT), have expressed a level of frustration about problems that are affecting their delivery of instruction to students. The educators are also asking for some level of consideration from

Inmate wants pardon in exchange for testimony

Source: Antigua Observer | Inmate wants pardon in exchange for testimony The prosecution’s star witness admitted yesterday that he agreed to testify in exchange for his “safety” since he is currently at the same prison where murder accused Steve Urlings Jr is being housed. The witness, who cannot be named, said he was approached last

Canadian immigration consultant says merge CIP with tax residency

Source: Antigua Observer | Canadian immigration consultant says merge CIP with tax residency A Canadian investment immigration consultant is suggesting that expanding the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) to include a tax residency programme could guarantee its sustainability and multiply the economic benefits of the host country. In front of a crowd who would argue

CIP agents warned to be wary of Chinese with baggage

Source: Antigua Observer | CIP agents warned to be wary of Chinese with baggage A top executive at an international due diligence firm is warning agents of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) to be wary of Chinese applicants who are either on the run, or may soon be on the run from the law.

The Tourism Authority wants more money

Source: Antigua Observer | The Tourism Authority wants more money The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority wants more money for marketing the destination, but the government has not determined where it will find the money. Information minister Melford Nicholas says the ABTA needs an additional 10 million dollars a year for promotion. Last year the

BERMUDA-COURT-Jamaican loses drug smuggling appeal

Source: Antigua Observer | BERMUDA-COURT-Jamaican loses drug smuggling appeal HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 25, CMC – A Kingston electrician has lost his appeal against a lengthy prison sentence for drug smuggling. Tyrone Brown, 31, was last year jailed for 15 years for trying to smuggle packages of cocaine through the airport in his baggage. Brown launched

NATO leaders to urge Trump to offer support

Source: Antigua Observer | NATO leaders to urge Trump to offer support NATO leaders will press U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday to publicly support the NATO military alliance that he called “obsolete” during his campaign, facing a potentially cooler welcome than in the Middle East. The Republican president, midway through his first foreign trip

Blackhawks Crush Spartans in Cool & Smooth T20 Opener

Source: Antigua Observer | Blackhawks Crush Spartans in Cool & Smooth T20 Opener Defending champions in the Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion, the Liberta Blackhawks, opened their defense on a winning note on Tuesday, beating newcomers Rising Sun Spartans by 94 runs when they met at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. Competing in the

Looking beyond decriminalisation

Source: Antigua Observer | Looking beyond decriminalisation There may be something to the statements made by Rastafarian Isaiah Nicholas when he asserted that the fate of the next general election lies with the decriminalisation of the controversial marijuana plant. The mere fact that the politicians are falling over themselves to address the issue, or trying

PILOTS CALL OFF STRIKE

Source: Antigua Observer | PILOTS CALL OFF STRIKE The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has abandoned its threat to take industrial action following a high level meeting on Wednesday where an informal agreement was reached with the employer, LIAT. The pilots had given LIAT’s management until midnight (Wednesday) to pay the pilots’ salaries or

Emergency meeting underway as LIAT pilots threaten to strike

Source: Antigua Observer | Emergency meeting underway as LIAT pilots threaten to strike The minister of Labour Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has stepped in to try to stop LIAT pilots from going through with protest action amidst a row over pay. LIAT Pilots gave the management until midnight to pay or else they will strike for

Leroy King stays; at least for now

Source: Antigua Observer | Leroy King stays; at least for now US officials who came to Antigua last week with the hope of returning with fraud accused Leroy King, left empty handed over the weekend. Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin confirmed the officials were here and that he along with other legal and government officials

GRENADA-ECONOMY-IMF official attributes Grenada’s ‘impressive progress’ to broad-based ownership

Source: Antigua Observer | GRENADA-ECONOMY-IMF official attributes Grenada’s ‘impressive progress’ to broad-based ownership WASHINGTON, May 24, CMC – The outgoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief for Grenada, Nicole Laframboise, has attributed the island’s “impressive progress” under the IMF program to broad-ownership and consultation across the country on the government’s reform programme. In an IMF

Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts’ spacewalk

Source: Antigua Observer | Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts’ spacewalk Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said. Station commander Peggy Whitson assembled a new computer from spare parts aboard the station and installed it during a

Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

Source: Antigua Observer | Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their first meeting on Wednesday after they exchanged sharp words last year, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message. Under clear blue skies, Trump received a

Manchester bomber was part of a network: police

Source: Antigua Observer | Manchester bomber was part of a network: police The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children was part of a network, the city’s chief of police said on Wednesday as troops were deployed across Britain to help prevent further attacks. Police made three new

Jabloteh stunned by Cibao FC to miss out Champions League

Source: Antigua Observer | Jabloteh stunned by Cibao FC to miss out Champions League PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Luckless San Juan Jabloteh missed out on automatic qualification for the CONCACAF Champions League when they crashed to a 1-0 defeat to the Dominican Republic’s Cibao FC, in the final of the Caribbean Football Union

Trial postponed as murder accused falls ill

Source: Antigua Observer | Trial postponed as murder accused falls ill Murder accused Steve “Crypto” Urlings Jr was rushed to hospital yesterday on day seven of his High Court trial. Before midday, the defendant complained of feeling unwell, and indicated that he was experiencing severe pains on the left side of his body. Justice Iain

Agents urged to educate the public about CIP

Source: Antigua Observer | Agents urged to educate the public about CIP Kirthley Maginley has called on his fellow Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) agents to collectively advocate the “importance” of the programme with the public of Antigua & Barbuda – something he believes is necessary for residents to embrace it. His statement came after

BREAKING NEWS (Dominica): Shots fired at Parliament

Source: Antigua Observer | BREAKING NEWS (Dominica): Shots fired at Parliament Shots were fired just at Parliament on Tuesday afternoon just as proceedings ended for lunch. Reports are that protesters tried to break through barricades around the Parliament building. At this point, it is unclear who is responsible for the shots. The Third Meeting of

‘RIP Mr Bond’: 007 actor Roger Moore dead at 89

Source: Antigua Observer | ‘RIP Mr Bond’: 007 actor Roger Moore dead at 89 Actor Roger Moore, who earned international fame playing British secret agent James Bond in seven movies, died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 89, his family said. His 12 years as action man 007, the fictitious spy with a

CIA ex-chief cites signs of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia

Source: Antigua Observer | CIA ex-chief cites signs of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he does not know whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia but that he saw “information and intelligence that was worthy of investigation.” In addition, the country’s top

Diplomatic appointments continue while full list remains secret

Source: Antigua Observer | Diplomatic appointments continue while full list remains secret As the government holds back on releasing the long-promised list of diplomatic passport holders–it has been revealed appointments have been continuing at a steady pace. A business plan from the Foreign Affairs Ministry says seventeen ambassadors and special envoys were appointed over 15

CIP boss is mum on this important resignation

Source: Antigua Observer | CIP boss is mum on this important resignation The new head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit Sharmaine Donovan won’t say why the deputy is resigning. Sharmaine Donovan took over the CIU as Chief Executive Officer at the end of March after the controversial resignation of former CEO Chisanga Chekwe. But

Plans for four lane highway scrapped

Source: Antigua Observer | Plans for four lane highway scrapped It seems the Public Works Department has scrapped a plan to expand airport road into a four-lane highway. That’s according to Works and Housing Minister Eustace “Teco” Lake. Lake says the new plan is to expand airport road into a three-lane highway. Lake says the

Braves Capture Playoff Title

Source: Antigua Observer | Braves Capture Playoff Title Hands Up Foundation (HUF) Baldwin Braves are the new Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Playoff champions. Braves closed out their best of five finals 95-84 against former champions Flyers on Sunday night, winning the series 3-1 in game four. The Grays Farm team came from a

Three international organisations join forces to advance agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer | Three international organisations join forces to advance agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean LIMA, May, 20, CMC – Two international agricultural and rural development agencies will join forces with the International Potato Center (CIP), to pool knowledge and experience on a variety of agricultural and environmental issues to benefit the

Guest Commentary: Guiana Island – our last sanctuary for our fish!

Source: Antigua Observer | Guest Commentary: Guiana Island – our last sanctuary for our fish! Guiana Island and the surrounding islands have for many years been a protected zone for ecology and particularly fisheries, but is now seriously threatened by political parties and this has been happening over three different administrative terms!  First the Lester

Jabloteh, Cibao reach club final, as Central FC stumble

Source: Antigua Observer | Jabloteh, Cibao reach club final, as Central FC stumble PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago Pro League outfit Central FC failed on Thursday to reach the final and in their bid for a third consecutive Caribbean Football Union Club Championship title. Fellow T&T Pro League side San Juan

First Lady camp confident ahead of Triple Crown second leg

Source: Antigua Observer | First Lady camp confident ahead of Triple Crown second leg Trainer Neil Cochrane and the Chief Rocker Stables are confident ahead of Sunday’s Sir Cuthwin Lake Super Sprint, the second instalment of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, slated for Sunday at the Cassada Gardens Race Track. Thoroughbred, First Lady, who captured

Braves command playoff finals

Source: Antigua Observer | Braves command playoff finals Hands Up Foundation (HUF) Baldwin Braves took command of the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Playoff Finals on Thursday, winning game three of their five-game series against Flyers 88-80 at the JSC basketball complex. The 88-80 victory puts Braves 2-1 up in the series and in

Holder rested, Taylor recalled, Beaton included for T20I Series

Source: Antigua Observer | Holder rested, Taylor recalled, Beaton included for T20I Series ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Fast bowling seemed to have been uppermost in the minds of the West Indies selection panel, when they chose the 13-member squad for their upcoming three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan next month in St. Kitts. They have

Sand today, gone tomorrow

Source: Antigua Observer | Sand today, gone tomorrow You have probably seen the sugar white Guyanese sand around and heard about the apparent end to sand mining in Barbuda.  Then you sifted through the budget and now you have a few questions about the sand mining industry, like we do.  Just in case you are

Fernandez calls for closer OECS foreign policy harmonisation

Source: Antigua Observer | Fernandez calls for closer OECS foreign policy harmonisation The Honourable Charles “Max” Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has urged the OECS sub-regional grouping to prioritise foreign policy coordination and harmonization. He made the call at the third meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers, where he assumed the annual rotating chairmanship of

Diamonds International fired staff gets union backing

Source: Antigua Observer | Diamonds International fired staff gets union backing The General Secretary of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU) Hugh Joseph said a letter has been sent to the Labour Commissioner on behalf of the three Diamonds International workers who were unjustly terminated. Joseph explained that the conditions under the trio’s sacking

Convict gets five years for stabbing “best friend”

Source: Antigua Observer | Convict gets five years for stabbing “best friend” A year and a half after he admitted to stabbing his “best friend,” in the abdomen, Ceylon Howe learnt he will be going to Her Majesty’s Prison for five years. Justice Keith Thom sentenced the man to the prison term and the time

Weston accuses diplomats of “wasting time”

Source: Antigua Observer | Weston accuses diplomats of “wasting time” Leader of the government business in the Senate Lennox Weston is accusing diplomats in the Caribbean of “wasting time”, saying that they also have no presence and little influence over major decision making bodies. Weston made that criticism during a debate on the Money Laundering

Weston calls out diplomats as “unproductive”

Source: Antigua Observer | Weston calls out diplomats as “unproductive” Leader of Government Business in the Senate Lennox Weston has criticised the nation’s diplomats and deemed them unproductive. Weston was speaking the Senate on a financial regulatory bill which he deems to have been unfairly imposed on the country. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-4’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn2.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0519-WESTON-1.mp3?x34105″}); The minister of state in

A new initiative planned for eco-tourism

Source: Antigua Observer | A new initiative planned for eco-tourism The government says its planning an interpretation center in the Christian Valley area as part of a push for eco-tourism. Information Minister Melford Nicholas says the centre will be built with the help of international funding. if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};jwplayer(‘jwplayer-9’).setup({“aspectratio”:null,”width”:275,”height”:27,”primary”:”html5″,”file”:”http://cdn3.antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/0519-INTERPRET-1.mp3?x34105″}); Tourism experts have repeatedly called for a greater

CAYMAN ISLANDS-TOURISM- Cayman Islands records increase in tourist arrivals

Source: Antigua Observer | CAYMAN ISLANDS-TOURISM- Cayman Islands records increase in tourist arrivals GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 19, CMC – Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell says the British Overseas Territory continues to record an increase in tourist arrivals. Kirkconnell, in a statement made ahead of next week’s general election, noted that stay-over visitor figures continue

Hollywood’s big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere

Source: Antigua Observer | Hollywood’s big summer movies were all filmed elsewhere This summer’s biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie. Despite a major effort by Los Angeles over the last

Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

Source: Antigua Observer | Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea. “The issue is being addressed with China through

Press Release: UPP opposes beach creation on Guiana Island

Source: Antigua Observer | Press Release: UPP opposes beach creation on Guiana Island PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017 UPP Condemns PM Browne’s Decision to Override Environmental Laws   St. John’s, Antigua – The United Progressive Party condemns Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s decision to override the environmental laws of Antigua & Barbuda to

Traffic Boss expressed faith in traffic managenment system

Source: Antigua Observer | Traffic Boss expressed faith in traffic managenment system The head of the Traffic Department is confident that the comprehensive plan to reduce traffic collisions in Antigua & Barbuda is reaping good results despite what appears to be a slight increase in vechicular accidents. Just yesterday, three people were rushed to the

Care Project welcomes donations

Source: Antigua Observer | Care Project welcomes donations The Care Project – a home for physically and mentally challenged children – received welcomed donations yesterday, valued at approximately, $10,000 from the Antigua Village and home owners. According to Acting General Manager of the Antigua Village, Samantha McKay, the organisation plans to continue to fulfill its

Styrofoam ban timeline now in place

Source: Antigua Observer | Styrofoam ban timeline now in place Residents still have reservations on how the country will transition from the ban on styrofoam products by 2018 as the Antigua & Barbuda government has now outlined the ban’s phases. Consumers told OBSERVER media that they welcome the change for health and environmental reasons but

Browne vs Browne; the marijuana commission resignation

Source: Antigua Observer | Browne vs Browne; the marijuana commission resignation Prime Minister Gaston Browne has criticised Bishop Charlesworth Browne for “his premature departure” after the bishop tendered his resignation from the marijuana commission just four days after the first public marijuana consultation. At that consultation, the prime minister committed to carrying out the decriminalisation

Low Public Trust in Police

Source: Antigua Observer | Low Public Trust in Police The public seems to have lost a great deal of trust in the police following a string of allegations that have been levelled at several police officers in recent months. On May 13, two police officers were charged with kidnapping, corruption and assault. Four days later,

Yida’s altered plan influenced gov’t decision

Source: Antigua Observer | Yida’s altered plan influenced gov’t decision Prime Minister Gaston Browne disclosed Thursday that Yida’s submission of a “modified” plan that reduces the destruction of mangroves, prompted the government to override laws that restrict development in the areas earmarked for the multi-million dollar Yida project. The project falls within the environmentally-sensitive North

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